Posted on February 09, 2016
DIY Rose Water and Glycerin Toner
Easy to make toner for normal to dry skin types. A toner is used as a final step in your cleansing routine. It usually has some astringent, like witch hazel or apple cider vinegar, in it to help tighten pores, and break down excess oil and grime. If you have dry or mature skin, then it would be a good idea to add vegetable glycerin, which is a humectant, it draws moisture from the air to hydrate the and plump skin cells, and rose water, it is gentle and soothing and helps with reducing the effects of aging. If your skin is oily and you have acne, skip the glycerin and go with witch hazel and rose water or straight cider vinegar diluted with distilled water.
You will need the following:
1/3 witch hazel
1/3 rose water
combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle and store in the refrigerator. Use within 2 weeks.
DIY: Skin Repairing Night Serum
You will need the following:
glass bottle with dropper
70% alcohol spray
grape seed oil, or olive oil, or avocado oil
Vitamin E tablet
essential oils: Choose from lavender oil, ylang ylang oil, tea tree oil
1. Clean and prep your work area. Be sure to clean sterilize all your tools, bowls and work area using the 70% alcohol spray and clean paper towel. Also wash your hands and pull back your hair. This should always be the first step in any DIY formulation process. Cleanliness is extremely important.
2. Combine your jojoba, with grape seed oil or olive oil, or avocado oil, or a combination of the three, in the small galls bottle. You can just use straight jojoba oil or any of the other 3 oils straight up as well. This is where you can choose the best ingredient (oil) to function the way you want. For example a solution made of 1/3 jojoba to 1/3 grape seed oil to 1/3 evening primrose oil with lavender and ylang ylang essential oils, and iris florintina root extract will make an excellent antioxidant rich serum best suited for dry, aging, sun damaged or mature skin.
3. Pierce your vitamin E tablet and squeeze out into your solution. This anti-oxidant will keep your serum fresh longer and will it will help repair and renew damaged skin.
4. Add a few drops of your choice essential oils to the solution. Smell and determine if you want a stronger scent. This is where you can really fine tune your recipe. If you have acne or oily skin, tea tree oil or neem oil are great because of their antimicrobial and astringent properties. If you are hoping to lighten your skin, then citrus oils like lemon, or orange oils are great. (Just remember to stay out of the sun if you have just applied it. Citrus oils can make your skin sun sensitive). Start small because you can always add more but you can't take back the smell if you add too much.
5. Add the dropper cap to the glass bottle and shake it to incorporate. Store the mixture in the fridge or in a cool dark cabinet. Anti-oxidants stay fresh and work better when stored away from light.